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Leading human rights lawyer speaks at the 2017 UN Forum on business and human rights

Leading human rights lawyer and head of the International Claims Department at Leigh Day, Richard Meeran, spoke at a United Nations Forum on business and human rights.

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29 November 2017

Richard Meeran spoke at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights which runs from 26 to 29 November 2017.
The Forum on Business and Human Rights is the largest global gathering on business and human rights with over 2,000 participants from government, business, community groups, law firms, UN bodies, national human rights institutions, trade unions and academia.

The Forum is an international platform for discussing the progress that has been made in putting the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights into practice. The theme of the 2017 Forum is “Realising Access to Effective Remedy”.  
Richard was invited to speak due to his work on pioneering human rights cases against multinational corporations across the world. The focus of the session was the importance of access to remedy, which is one of the “three pillars” that make up the UN Guiding Principles. He discussed the opportunities and challenges associated with judicial mechanisms in the context of access to remedy. 
Richard also presented at a side event organised by the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations in Geneva. The aim of the event was to share updates on the process of elaborating an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and human rights. The object of these processes is to enhance prevention of and redress for the adverse human rights impacts of business.

Richard has spoken at previous annual sessions of the forum, and also as a legal  expert at sessions of the UN open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.
Leigh Day has more than 20 years’ experience of bringing international cases involving human rights violations associated with the business activities of corporations. Examples of cases handled by the firm include those of Nigerian fishing communities whose livelihoods were threatened by oil pollution; South African mine-workers suffering from silicosis; local villagers injured by police or private security protecting mining interests in Peru and Tanzania; and Lithuanian victims of modern slavery

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